For several years now the Friends group has been working toward restoring the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower. Actual physical work began in May, 2011. As of May 27, 2011 the wood work was completed, that is, new steps and new platforms. During the fall and winter of 2011 and 2012 the metal work began. The handrail and its support system was completed in January, 2012. The next phase of the work consisted of replacing the rusty X braces. This work was completed in May, 2012. Volunteers assisted the contractor at that time. Last minute loose ends will be completed before the official opening on June 25, 2012. Much work has been done behind the scenes by Dick Gibbs to organize all the current work and the work phases completed so far.
Below are pictures of the Tower before and during restoration. Find more information below the photos.
The following set of photos were taken at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the fire tower on October 23, 2011, in honor of Helen Ellett. She was the last fire tower observer at this site. Find other interesting facts about Helen in other parts of this website.
Preparing for the ribbon cutting. Dick Gibbs, Helen Ellett, Melissa Miller (director of GLSP), Randy Kneer